Our Organisation

Executive Search and Leadership Advisory services, guided by science

MU is a global Leadership Acquisition and Advisory firm. Our experts provide science-based, precisely tailored, quality assured and ethical Executive Search, Professional Recruitment, Leadership Assessment and Coaching services in partnership with private and public sector clients worldwide.

We exist to make sure organisations outperform through diverse and sustainably successful leadership. Our expert teams operate worldwide; wherever our clients need us, we are there.



Mercuri Urval is an independent foundation owned company, launched over 50 years ago in Sweden. Read more here

Today it is clear, that securing effective leadership is one of the biggest challenges’ organisations face.

Comprehensive and repeated research studies show conventional Executive Search, recruitment and development ideas and methods are very often unsuccessful. Despite the many excellent professionals working in the industry, 40-50% of leader appointments fail, and CEOs regularly complain that less than 10% of their leader development expenditure delivers business value.

Even more worryingly, as difficulty in selecting and developing leaders increases, success rates are deteriorating. Read more:

Our experts stand for Reliable Leadership Advice

Organisations that attract, motivate, and develop the most effective leaders outperform those that do not. Truly successful organisations build the right capabilities and talent at all levels – with leaders who can take their organisation into the future.

Our Executive Search and Leadership Advisory experts’ partner with clients to ensure they improve results through accurate appointment of leaders and effective leadership. We have the organisation, expert consultant teams and unique science-based methods required to deliver reliable and quality assured Executive Search and Leadership Advisory solutions wherever in the world you need us.

Born in science

Mercuri Urval never participated in conventional Executive Search approaches. We chose to pioneer a science-based approach to finding, selecting, and developing business leaders.

The MU way of working was born in the 1960s. Scientists worked with organisations to investigate how their results were impacted by people.

Guided by science, they discovered how to effectively increase business results by substantially increasing the accuracy in employee selection. The purpose of Mercuri Urval was, and remains, to increase success at work through effective and accurate selection and development of leaders.

We analyse your needs and then find, select, and develop the leaders that will ensure you outperform – in all industry verticals and in the public sector.

Today – the latest scientific knowledge is applied to our clients’ leadership challenges

With over 50 years of experience behind us, and with our extensive global reach and sector expertise, we partner with you to increase the effectiveness of your leadership.

At Mercuri Urval, our Leader Acquisition experts take full ownership for ensuring effective and accurate leader appointments delivering the right result as part of a project managed and science-based MU Executive Search service. Our expert teams build enduring relationships with clients and candidates to deliver fast, flexible, and quality assured solutions – from a single MU Executive Search assignment to hiring an entire senior organisation, we have track record. And, more than this, MU Leadership Advisory experts work to ensure you have the best possible Leader Performance and Development solutions in place to strengthen your results. We offer Leadership Assessment, Coaching and Organisation development services, guided by science, that enable you to secure your leaders are equipped to achieve the results your organisation requires.

So, if you have the question - "How can I improve the effectiveness of leaders in our organisation?" - our Leadership Acquisition and Advisory Consultants will ensure your organisation gets a performance edge. From working with one key leader to transforming an entire organisation, we will deliver you the high quality, science based and validated solution you need

Working with Mercuri Urval can take many forms, but the goal remains the same – professional and high-quality services that benefit you and your organisation.

Sweden's Best Managed Companies

We are very proud to share that MU in June of 2022 received the "Sweden's Best Managed Companies" recognition, sponsored by Deloitte in cooperation with Nasdaq.

Best Managed Companies is a quality award recognizing the overall success of private Swedish companies based on strategic direction, ability to execute, corporate culture, and financial performance. Best Managed Companies was established in Canada in 1993 and has since then been introduced in more than 20 countries around the world. Sweden's Best Managed Companies was launched in 2018 by Deloitte in cooperation with Nasdaq. This is the fourth year of the award. An independent jury has selected the 20 companies that received this year's award.